Lubbock Police search for suspect in officer involved shooting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/16/09

Lubbock Police search for suspect in officer involved shooting

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police are on the lookout for the man who they say tried to hit an officer with his car. It led that officer to shoot another man.  Monday, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Adam Vidales, 19.  He's charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

Investigators say Vidales is the driver who accelerated toward Lubbock Police Officer Jess Karren Friday night, causing Karren to open fire.  Officer Karren responded to 1902 63rd Street after a witness called police to report someone breaking into the home.

Karren arrived on scene just before 11:00 p.m.  He says he saw two suspects jump into a white car. Karren says when he drew his gun and told them to stop, the driver gassed it instead, heading in Karren's direction, so he opened fire.  Police tell NewsChannel 11 that at that time of the shooting, Karren was the only officer on the scene.

About a half-hour later, a 911 caller told police there was a man with a bullet wound on the front porch of a home at Applegate Shady Acres Mobile Home Park.  It turns out the call was related to the shooting. EMS took Moses Navarrette Junior, 17 to University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his torso. Investigators determined Navarrette was the passenger riding with Vidales Friday night. He remained in critical condition Monday evening.

"That's one of the puzzling parts, that again, detectives are still trying to work through, whether that was a random location, whether they knew somebody there," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.  Authorities found the suspect car near 84th Street and I-27. On Monday, they were examining that car and reviewing police, dash cam video of the shooting.

In the mean time, if you know where 19-year-old Adam Vidales is or how to find him, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.  You can remain anonymous.

Officer Karren remains on administrative leave. That's standard procedure in an officer involved shooting, and he is getting paid.  NewsChannel 11 checked, and Karren started with the department in January of 2008.

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